Description of Orkf Ransomware
Orkf Ransomware is a data encrypting Ransomware that belongs to STOP/DJVU Malware family. There are no major modifications in this variant of Ransomware as compared to previous ones. However it is highly malicious data encrypting threat that tries to corrupt all possible computers. As soon as Orkf Ransomware infects the targeted system it will lock all the data files with cryptographic algorithm which is hard to crack. This is done to impact all the stored files hostage to extract ransom from the victims. The hackers further promise to victims that a decryption tool would be released to restore the locked files and data if the ransom is paid. Once the system is attacked by Orkf Ransomware, users will notice that all the saved files are renamed and enciphered with .orkf as a new file extension at the end of the file’s name. Also a ransom note is dropped on the compromised PC with the file name as _readme.txt. This can be regarded as the message from the hackers that bears all the information regarding ransom payment.
- Name: Orkf Ransomware
- Type: Ransomware
- Family: STOP/DJVU Ransomware
- Extension: .orkf file extension
- Ransom Note: _readme.txt
- Ransom demand: varies from $490-$980 (in Bitcoins)
- Email id of hackers: [email protected], [email protected]
- Symptoms: Files get locked and appended with .orkf file extension, Volume shadow copy of the data gets deleted, it installs data stealing trojan on compromised PC.
- Removal: Free scan the PC using Automatic Orkf Ransomware Removal
An overview of Orkf Ransom Note
The ransom is written typically using STOP/DJVU format as followed by other variants of this ransomware family. It bears the message informing that all the files including pictures, documents, data base and other important files are encrypted. The encryption is so strong that it can only be decrypted using a private and unique key. hackers have warned victims that they should not try to recover files using data recovery or any free decryption tool as this may damage and delete their data permanently. The ransom is to be paid within 72 hours of attack with a demand of $980. If the ransom is paid within this stipulated time frame the ransom amount will be reduced by 50% and so the victims will have to pay a sum of $490. Also if the victims wish to contact hackers they can do so by using the email addresses as ‘[email protected]’ and ‘[email protected]’. Any one locked file can be individually attached and mailed to the above address for getting it restored. The file would be decrypted by the hackers and sent to the victims. This is to confirm them that the files would be restored after ransom is paid to hackers.
First things first
However it is strongly recommended not to pay the ransom or heed to any of their demands. Instead users must first try to remove Orkf Ransomware from their PC by using our automatic removal process that comprises of Legit Anti-malware tool to get rid of this nasty ransomware. As far as data is concerned, victims can try to restore data using backup.
Details of Antimalware with User’s Guide
Step 1 Remove Orkf Ransomware using “Safe Mode with Networking”
Step 2 Delete Orkf Ransomware using “System Restore”
Step 1 Remove Orkf Ransomware using “Safe Mode with Networking”
Windows XP and Windows 7 users:
First of all Reboot the PC in “Safe Mode”. For this users need to Click on “Start” option and then continuously Tap on F8 during the start process. Then a “Windows Advanced Option” menu will appear on the screen. Now Choose “Safe Mode with Networking” from the listed options.
This will open a new Windows homescreen and your PC or work-station will be working on “Safe Mode with Networking”.
For Windows 8
First Go to Start Screen. Now type “Advanced” after selecting settings within the searched results Within the “General PC Settings” option, Select “Advanced startup” option. Then click on the “Restart Now” option. This will boot work-station to “Advanced Startup Option Menu”. Now Press on “Troubleshoot” and then “Advanced options” button. Then under “Advanced Option Screen”, You need to press on “Startup Settings”. Now again, click on “Restart” button. This will restart PC or Work-station with “Startup Setting” screen. You need to tap F5 to boot in Safe Mode in Networking.
For Windows 10
First of all click on Windows logo by clicking on the “Power” icon. This will open a new menu. Select “Restart” by constantly keeping “Shift” button pressed on keyboard. Once the new Window open Select on “Troubleshoot” as advanced option. Within the startup settings users need to press on “Restart” by clicking on F5 button of the keyboard.
Step:2 How To Delete Orkf Ransomware using System Restore
For this you need to log in on the PC which is compromised by Orkf Ransomware. Now open any browser and download legit anti-malware software. Once installed you need to undergo complete system scan. Thereafter remove the infected and suspicious entries which are detected.
Suppose if you are unable to start PC in “Safe Mode with Networking”, you need not worry. Try “System Restore” Process
Continuously tap F8 Key during “Startup” and then “Advanced Option” menu will appear. Now from the given list of option you need to select “Safe Mode with Command Prompt” and hit on Enter button.
Within new open window of command prompt, type “cd restore” and then click “Enter”
Now type rstrui.exe and then press “ENTER”
In the new opened Window Click on “Next” option.
You can select and choose any of the “Restore Points” and click on Next (This would restore your PC to earlier period before Orkf Ransomware invasion when it was working fine.)
Press on “Yes” in new opened Window.
As soon as your PC gets restored to its previous time, download the suggested anti-malware tool and perform a deep scanning in order to remove Orkf Ransomware infected files if still present on the the work-station.
If you want to restore each file separately which is infected by this ransomware, kindly use “Windows Previous Version” feature. This step is most effective whenever “System Restore Function” is enabled on the PC or work-station.
Important Note: Some variants of Orkf Ransomware delete the “Shadow Volume Copies” so in such cases this feature may not work all the time and will work in specific cases only.
Know How To Restore Encrypted Files Individually
If you want to restore an individual file, you need to right click on it and then go to “Properties”. Now Select “Previous Version” tab. then Choose a “Restore Point” and finally click on “Restore” option.
If you want to access the files encrypted by Orkf Ransomware, alternatively you can try “Shadow Explorer”. To know more details on this application, Click here.
Important: Data Encryption Ransomware are very devastating and hence it is always better to take necessary precautions to avoid any attack on your work-station or PC. We recommend using a powerful anti-malware tool for real time protection. “SpyHunter”, “Enigma group policy objects” are enabled in the registries so that it can block harmful infections such as Orkf Ransomware.
Also, it is highly important to get a very unique feature called “Fall Creators Update” installed on Windows 10. This would ensure to offer “Controlled Folder Access” feature to block any kind of encryption of the data files. Using this feature all the files stored in their default locations are safe.
How To Recover Files Encrypted by Orkf Ransomware
You would have understood now that how you can remove the scripts and payloads of personal files that got encrypted due to Orkf Ransomware in order to protect your personal files which were fortunately not damaged or encrypted till now. If you are unable to retrieve the locked files, using “System Restore” and “Shadow Volume Copies” you must try using a Data Recovery Software.
Step 1: Download Data Recovery Software
Step 3: Click to Accept to agree the terms and agreement.
Step 4: Once installed, this program will be ready to execute. Now select the file you want to recover
Step 5: Select the drive on which the recovery tool is to be run upon. Then click on Scan option
Step 6: This will show Scan in progress bar